Assistant Professor
  • Incoming Exchange & Erasmus Coordinator
  • Freshman Advisor
JF 312


2008    PhD in Linguistics, University of Padua, Italy.
2002    M.A. in Communication Sciences, University of Turin, Italy.


Research Interests: 

Phonological representations, feature theory, stress, lenition, vowel harmony, diachronic phonology, phonetics/phonology interrelations, history of linguistics


Articles and book chapters: 

Canalis, S. 2018. “The status of Italian glides in the syllable”. In R. Petrosino, P. Cerrone & H. van der Hulst (eds), Beyond the veil of Maya: from sounds to structures. Studies offered to Andrea Calabrese on the occasion of his 60thbirthday. Berlin, De Gruyter Mouton.

Canalis, S. 2018. “Irregular open syllable diphthongization in Old Tuscan”.In Daniel Recasens & Fernando Sánchez Miret (eds), New Aspects on the Phonetic and Phonological Basis of Sound Change. München, Lincom.

Canalis, S. 2017. “The voiced and voiceless outcomes of intervocalic SJ in Old Tuscan”. Quaderni di Linguistica e Studi Orientali3.

Canalis, S. 2016. “Metaphony in the Ticino Canton and phonological features”. In Francesc Torres-Tamarit, Kathrin Linke & Marc van Oostendorp (eds), Approaches to Metaphony in the Languages of Italy. W. de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston: 127-145.

Canalis, S. 2015. “Variable phonological rules and quantal perception as a source of irregular sound change: The case of intervocalic voicing in Old Tuscan”. Phonetica72: 98-120.
(Index: SCIE ; Quartile: Q2)

Canalis, S. 2014. “The voicing of intervocalic stops in Old Tuscan and probabilistic sound change”. Folia Linguistica Historica35: 55-100.
(Index: SSCI ; Quartile: Q3)

Canalis, S. 2013. “L’esito di -p-,-t-,-c-in toscano antico: un nuovo argomento a favore della presenza di sonorizzazione intervocalica”. In E. Casanova Herrero & C. Calvo Rigual (eds),Actes del 26é Congrés de Lingüística i Filologia Romàniques (València, 6-11 de setembre de 2010). W. de Gruyter, Berlin: 554-564.

Canalis, S. 2012.“Stressed vowel duration in Italian: What paroxytones and proparoxytones have in common”. In I. Franco, S. Lusini & A. Saab (eds), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2010. John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: 87-113. (with Luigina Garrapa)

Canalis, S. 2009. “Post-tonic vowel harmony in some dialects of Central Italy: The role of prosodic structure, contrast and consonants”. In M. Vigário, S. Frota & M. Joao Freita (eds), Phonetics and Phonology: Interactions and Interrelations. John Benjamins, Amsterdam/ Philadelphia:247-266.

Canalis, S. 2007. “To what extent is Albanian word stress predictable?”. In A. Bisetto & F. Barbieri (eds), Proceedings of theXXXIII Incontro di Grammatica Generativa. Available at